Program Mission and Goals

The MS program in Microbiology and Immunology provides foundational knowledge in biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology necessary for deeper study of microbial systems, pathogens relevant to human health, and host immunity.  

Providing advanced education in four major disciplines (Immunology, Bacteriology, Virology, and Eukaryotic Microbiology) the department allows for specialization in fields of student interest.

Through a combination of required core courses, flexible elective coursework, seminars and faculty-guided research training, the program allows students to gain and enhance knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in a professional or academic scientific environment, including career advancement and admission into advanced graduate programs. 

The program is committed to enhancing diversity in the fields of microbiology and immunology and will do so by embracing equitable access to and opportunities in education and research experiences of our students. 

Upon completion, our graduates are prepared for advanced graduate work or to pursue scientific careers in academia, industry or government.